A number of AAFP members received various honors and awards this past month. In addition, the AAFP bestowed its 2011 Program of Excellence Awards on 16 medical school family medicine interest groups.
AAFP member J. Lloyd Michener, M.D., of Durham, N.C., and two others with ties to family medicine recently were named to the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Alternative Medicine by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, or NCCAM.
Michener is chairman of the department of community and family medicine at Duke University and director of the Duke Center for Community Research. He also is a clinical professor in the Duke University School of Nursing.
Three others also were named to the advisory council:
- family physician Brian Berman, M.D., a professor of family medicine at the University of Maryland, Baltimore;
- Daniel Cherkin, Ph.D., a senior scientific investigator with the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle and affiliate professor of family medicine and health services at the University of Washington there; and
- David Kingston, Ph.D., a professor of bio-organic and natural products at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg.
NCCAM, part of the NIH, is the lead federal agency for complementary and alternative medicine research.
M. Norman Oliver, M.D., M.A., of Charlottesville, Va., has been appointed chair of the department of family medicine at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.
Oliver is an associate professor in the departments of family medicine, public health sciences, and anthropology. He also is the medical school's associate dean for diversity and serves as director of the University of Virginia Center on Health Disparities.
The Academy has named 16 medical school family medicine interest groups, or FMIGs, winners of the 2011 Program of Excellence, or POE, Award for their outstanding activities in generating interest in family medicine.
The POE awards recognize FMIGs for their superior performance in FMIG operation, community service, promoting the value of primary care, exposure to family medicine and family physicians, professional development and measures of success.
The winning FMIGs of the overall 2011 POE Award are at these medical schools:
- David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles;
- Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee;
- Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus;
- Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine in Portland;
- Pennsylvania State College of Medicine in Hershey;
- Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa in Iowa City;
- University of Minnesota Medical School, Twin Cities Campus, in Minneapolis;
- University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine;
- University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle; and
- Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond.
FMIGs at six medical schools were named winners in specific categories. Those medical schools and the categories are:
- University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia -- Excellence in Community Service;
- Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, R.I. -- Excellence in Exposure to Family Medicine/Family Physicians;
- University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine -- Excellence in Professional Development;
- University of Alabama School of Medicine, Huntsville Regional Medical Campus -- First-time Applicant; and
- University of Louisville School of Medicine in Louisville, Ky. -- Most Improved FMIG.